St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Borrego Springs CA
 
Founded April 23, 1975
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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About Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs is a village community surrounded by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California. It is a destination for over 600,000 visitors yearly. Borrego Springís permanent population is around 3100 persons. That level increases when flowers bloom in the Spring. Then upwards of 10,000 persons may be in town on any given day during the blooming period. Growth here is slow over the years but residents have come to enjoy the slower life style, the desertís grand beauty, and eight months of very fine temperate weather.  Vacations and retirement have become the mainstays of the townís economy.  Agriculture brings up a close third in the economic base.

 

We are located in San Diego County, two hours from downtown San Diego and Palm Springs, seventy minutes from El Centro and Escondido, California and 30 miles from the Salton Sea.  Other major metropolitan areas are within five hours drive like Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Yuma, Arizona.

 

Among the permanent residents are professional people, service industry workers, ranchers, citrus growers, retired people and a host of visitors who have found a haven in this desert environment. Our Hispanic population makes up over 50% of the population. Their contribution to the economic picture includes workers and owners of restaurants, construction firms, and  landscaping businesses.  They are an integral part of the townís economy.

         

CLIMATE

 

Seasonal temperatures range is wide. During the Spring, temperatures range from highs of 80 to lows of 45, summertime the range goes from 90-120 degrees for the highs and the lows in the 80ís. The Winter can bring cold temperatures ranging from the 50ís during the day to lo 30ís at night.  Fall is a mixture of late summer temperatures and early winter ones.  Rainfall averages around 5-6 inches per year in normal times and less during the cyclic droughts that desert can be so affected by the climatic variations over the years.

         

MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Borrego Springs Medical Center provides general medical assistance and treatment. Specialists are recommended by staff and patients are referred to other locations for those services.  A fulltime dentist is available. We have a 24 hour paramedic services through our local fire department. We also have air ambulance service provided by San Diego County and called upon by local law enforcement and fire personnel.

 

SCHOOLS

 

Borrego Springs has an elementary, middle and high school. Current population is just over 400 children and youths. The school provides basic education and sports and other activities for their young people. The schools are integrated with the State Park and other local entities for additional educational opportunities.  Small class is size the ideal sought by staff to provide quality education for the children of the community.  Hispanic families make up over 50% of the student population. Spanish is spoken and English as a second language encouraged to blend students into the local community.  Bussing is provided for students by the local school district. New library, gymnasium and swimming pool have been built to provide students with a variety of activities during and after school. Head Start Program is provided at the Childrenís Center.

 

CHURCHES

 

Borrego Springs is blessed with nine churches.

  • St. Richardís Catholic church is the oldest in the area and serves the largest congregation in town.  Hispanic families make up the bulk of the Catholic churchís population.

  • The Christian Center operates year round and offers a full range of services to a congregation of young adults and families.

  • The First Baptist church offers a full range of services including a Sunday School.

  • The Community United Methodist church offers Sunday services as well as pastoral counseling for adults and youth.  The Methodists stress outreach programs and work groups also. A new minister soon to be appointed.

  • The Seventh Day Adventists meet at the Methodist Church on Saturdays.

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meets on Sundays.

  • The Borrego Lutheran church offers Christian Education and Sunday services.

  • St. Barnabas Episcopal Church meets on Sundays and provide early morning and mid morning services and bible study during the week.  Morning Prayer and Holy Communion are celebrated.

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS

 

The San Diego Public Library is housed in their new facilities located at the east end of The Mall.  Computers are available for the public to use besides a large selection of literature for the townspeople.

 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park headquarters, Visitor Center and main campground are located at the west end of town. Information and maps and books about the State Park and its 600,000 acres of desert wilderness are provided on a daily basis during the season and on weekends in the summer months. Desert protection and education are the main goals of the State Park. Professional staff and volunteers provide a wide array of activities, destinations and special features to the visiting public.

 

          Many art galleries are located in Borrego Springs. Metal sculptures to canvas art is available to the visiting public. We also have The Circle of Art, the Art Institute, the Art Guild and classes for creative writing.

 

The Community Concert series provides concerts through their subscription program. Classical to jazz and modern artists bring their talents for the community concert goers to enjoy.

 

          The College of Borrego offers adult classes, art classes and pottery classes.

 

          The Borrego Spring Performing Arts Center is the local community theater. This non-profit provides theatrical plays and musicals, performing artists and events for the community. It is also the venue for the Borrego Community Concert Series. Junior Theater and Readerís Theater are offered in the summer months.

 

          The town also sports individuals who get together to play music and just have a good time together.

 

SERVICE  ORGANIZATIONS 

 

          Borrego Springs has branches of the American Legion, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Soroptimists International, and the Lions Club.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

          Northeast Rural Bus transfers to other San Diego County Transit systems in Escondido and El Cajon, California.

 

          The Borrego Valley Airport is a county airport sporting a 5000 plus foot runway for private aircraft, business jets and occasional commercial aircraft.  

 

HOUSING

 

          There is a wide range of house prices in Borrego Springs. Currently there is a surplus of available houses. Pricing ranges from the low thousands to over million dollars. The average house ranges around $210,000.

 

SHOPPING

 

          Borrego Springs has one food market at The Center and small convenience market at one of the local hotels and the local gas stations.  Borrego is a center point from major cities where larger and more varied markets and supermarkets are located in El Centro, Escondido, Palm Springs, Indio, Desert Hot Springs and San Diego.

 

          On Fridays, the Farmers Market, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, offers a variety of fresh produce, flowers and vegetables not found at the local stores.

 

          Almost everything from antiques to fudge can be found on the main streets. Three gas stations, an auto mechanic, tire repair, and auto parts store are relocated along the main street of town. A fully equipped hardware store, gift shops, pharmacy and restaurants also dot the main street corridor.

 

RECREATION

 

Camping and Hiking:  There are two developed campgrounds in the State Park for RV and tent campers, one Horse Campground north of town and open camping opportunities over the 500 miles of back roads that crisscross the State Park. Maps and directions  can be obtained at the State Park Visitor Center, The local Nature Store run by the Anza-Borrego Natural History Association or at the local Chamber of Commerce.

 

          Birding groups meet throughout the year to watch migrating birds come and land in the Borrego Valley and assist in annual bird counts. The Annual Christmas Bird Count is a major event in Borrego every December.

 

          The Annual Desert Big Horn Sheep Count is sponsored by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park every July 4th weekend.

 

          Golf is available at the Borrego Springs resort 18- hole Golf Course, the Roadrunner Club Golf Course and Club Circle Course. Both have par 3 courses. The Golf Course at the De Anza Country Club and Montesoro are member and guest only facilities.

 

          Tennis is available at the Borrego Springs Resort, the Tennis Center and The Springs RV Park.

 

          Swimming is available at the local motels and inns and resorts. The High School opens its pool to the public during the summer months.

 

          The Senior Center provides inexpensive lunches for Seniors, a venue for activities for seniors, quilters, Bridge players, Bingo Night and just a place to relax.

 

EVENTS

 

Every October, Borrego Days opens the new tourist season with activities, a parade and arts and crafts show at Christmas Circle. Youth Games food , music and entertainment besides the crowning of Miss Borrego Springs at the High School on Friday night before the annual parade.

 

In March the Circle of Art holds its annual juried art show.

 

The first weekend of April, the Annual Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest is held for the best story teller about Peg Leg Smith.

 

Cinco de Mayo is held the first weekend in May to celebrate that day of Mexican Independence. Dances, food and music are offered to the public.

 

Every Veterans Day is celebrated by the American Legion

 

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